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Frozen landscape

Add some sparkle to your frozen landscapes. Photo: Richard Young
Keep an eye on the weather and get up early to snap a frozen landscape. 

 

Watch the forecast

While there is often snow on the high peaks for most of the winter, it is not everyday you get snow at lower altitudes. Keep an eye out for a southerly front with low temperatures for the perfect shots of frozen landscapes.

Get up early

Once the sun rises, snow can begin to melt really quickly. If there has been snow or a hard frost overnight, head out before it melts. Your best bet, to avoid driving in icy conditions, is to overnight in a hut or to camp near your favoured location so you are within walking distance of your subject.

Pick your subject

While grand snow-covered vistas work well, sometimes smaller more intimate scenes can make the best photographs. Pick an interesting subject, so you don’t just end up with a field of white snow. Small frozen streams often make great photographs and snow-draped forest is always a magical thing to capture.

Add some sparkle

While overcast conditions can work well for snow photography, sometimes the sun can add an extra sparkle to a frozen landscape. If you have the sun in your photograph, try to capture it as a starburst. To get the best starburst effect, select the smallest aperture (f22) and point the camera directly into the low sun. Be careful when looking through the viewfinder (work in ‘live view’ if you can) as the sun will be   magnified by your camera lens.

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